Speaking of a good holiday, My parents got me a TON of tools this year! I am so happy to have nice tools and no longer have to deal with crappy drill bits that merely sit on top of wood and spin, or using make-shift tools in place of stuff I don't have. I'm pretty sure those days are over, because this is my haul:
Unfortunately, my current tool storage situation is somewhat lacking:
I have been kind of afraid to fix any paint in this closet, because removing the old, probably lead-filled stuff scares me.
Clearly, cardboard boxes do not suffice. I would put up hooks inside this closet, but it is under the stairs so the back wall is tilted at quite an angle. So, I came up with this:
Please excuse the crudity of this photo. My house was built in 1890, and the layout is all sorts of weird. This is a hallway between the bathroom and the ground floor bedroom (the realty company counts that as a closet..?). It has a cupboard on one side and some peg hooks on the other side. Since I live in Michigan, keeping tools in the basement or garage is just like storing them in a bucket of water and waiting for them to rust. This was my solution, since I have no idea how else to use this hallway.
And now I will show you how I did it:
Plywood (any size, but mine is 4 feet by 28 inches, I found it in the garage.)
Drill and bits
First, you want to put your plywood on a surface that allows you to paint the whole thing easily. My solution was this:
Now, you want to put 2 coats of paint on your plywood and let it dry.
Once your paint is dry, put your plywood on the floor and start laying out your tools:
Next, you want to start driving nails wherever you have holes on your tools. Notice how some tools above are lain out diagonally, that is because when I held onto the hooks, that is the direction they hung. Make sure to do this to see what angle your tools will hang before you begin placing nails. As you probably noticed, I'm a fan of doing projects on my living room floor. Partly because this is
The tape marks the safe depth I can drive the nail without going through the plywood. Hold the nail next to the edge of your plywood and determine the safe depth, and wrap the tape around that mark. Painters tape works especially well for this.
Now that all your nails are driven,
I hope this helps you get inspired to organize in creative ways! What have you done in your house?
Oh, and say Hello to our new addition, Chunk: